United Nations, Sep 22 (EFE).- The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, took advantage of his speech before the United Nations General Assembly to first refer, as other leaders have done, to the war in Ukraine, with the message that despite the dangers it entails, it must not make you lose hope.

He said the war in Ukraine had made the foundations of this institution (the UN) “shake with force like few times before”, and lamented that six months later the “horror” of the Russian invasion large swathes of Ukraine are still present and have led humanity to “times thought to be over”.

The food crisis caused by the war, combined with the climate crisis resulting from the global warming of the planet, have defeated – he recalled – a world that was barely emerging from the blow of covid 19, a pandemic that has exacerbated global inequalities.

Faced with this situation, the Spanish president acknowledged that “the weariness is understandable, especially among young people born with this new millennium”, but specified that despite everything there is hope in the international community, capable of overcoming n any adversity, because it must trust an institution like the UN “to face challenges that know no borders”.

Challenges

Esos desafíos los presentó en cinco frentes -la salud, la crisis alimentaria, la transición ecológica, la transición digital y la igualdad de género-, y ante todos ellos presentó un ejemplo de cómo España está respondiendo ante ellos para aportar soluciones que presentó como a the vanguard.

In the field of health, he explained that his government will contribute 15 million euros to the Financial Intermediation Fund for the prevention, preparation and response to pandemics, in addition to an additional 130 million euros to the Global Fund for fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Regarding the food crisis, Spain will mobilize 151 million euros in donations and 85 million euros in credits for this cause over the next three years.

The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, in the framework of the United Nations Assembly, September 22, 2022. EFE/Pool Moncloa/Borja Puig de la Bellacasa
The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, in the framework of the United Nations Assembly, today. EFE/Pool Moncloa/Borja Puig de la Bellacasa

The fight against the climate emergency led him to announce that Spain and Senegal will jointly promote at the COP 27 climate summit, to be held this year in Egypt, an “International Alliance for Drought Resilience”. to promote innovation, technology transfer and resource mobilization. .

Sánchez, who took the opportunity to defend the measures approved in Spain to lower the price of electricity and protect the most vulnerable against rising prices, said that Spain also wants to take a leading role in the transition. by hosting the UN technology center for the digitalization of education in Barcelona.

In the same way, he affirmed that Spain is at the forefront of the defense of gender equality and announced that it will donate 100 million euros over the next three years to organizations that work in this area, including UN-Women.

References to Latin America and Gibraltar

The Prime Minister devoted part of his speech to highlighting the “fundamental” role that Latin American countries play in defending values ​​such as democracy, but said the region needed international support to deal with problems such as drug trafficking.

The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, in the framework of the United Nations Assembly, September 22, 2022. EFE/Pool Moncloa/Borja Puig de la Bellacasa
The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, in the framework of the United Nations Assembly, today. EFE/Pool Moncloa/Borja Puig de la Bellacasa

He expressly cited Colombia, which “with the efforts of an entire people” is beginning a new stage of hope to build peace and promised that Spain will be at its side, ready to support it.

In this context, he assured that he will work to revitalize the alliance between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean and will do so in particular during the Spanish presidency of the EU in the second half of 2023.

Sanchez on Gibraltar

After reviewing the situation in other parts of the world such as Asia, the Middle East or the Sahel, Sánchez referred to Gibraltar as is traditional in the speeches of the presidents of the Spanish government before the Assembly United Nations.

He did this to repeat that Spain and the UK have reached an agreement on the Rock in the face of “Brexit” and hopes that on this basis the UK and the EU will also reach an agreement which respects the doctrine of the UN in this territory and with the legal situation of Spain.

The Prime Minister and the new British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, had planned to hold a first meeting in New York, which was not possible for scheduling reasons.

Web edition: Alfonso Hernandez

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